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Fill-in-the-Blank News Release for County Health Departments
Celebrate National Men’s Health Month and Week

For Release: ______, 2009
Contact: (Administrator Name)
_______ County Health Department
(Telephone #)

Oklahoma Men Celebrate Men’s Health Month, June 2009

The _____ County Health Department is joining the Oklahoma State Department of Health in celebrating National Men’s Health Month, June 2009. National Men’s Health Month’s theme, “Stay Tough! Stay Healthy!” helps call attention to the importance of men’s health. National Men’s Health Week will be celebrated June 15-21.

Men are more likely than women to be uninsured or underinsured. Men often forget that preventive healthcare such as testicular self-exams, PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood tests, colo-rectal cancer screenings, cholesterol and blood sugar checks are an important part of staying healthy. In addition, when a man is healthy, he reduces his likelihood of illness, injuries and depression, and he has lower absenteeism at work and may have reduced healthcare costs.

“We want to encourage men to make their health a top priority. Men need to visit their doctor and make sure their health screenings, tests and immunizations are up-to-date,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____.

Oklahoma is ranked 48th in the nation for cardiovascular disease death rates among men (402.7 deaths per 100,000). One in four Oklahoma men who die from heart disease will die before age 65. Stroke is also a primary health issue for Oklahoma men, with one in five deaths from stroke occurring before age 65.

Risk factors associated with these high rates of cardiovascular disease and stroke in Oklahoma include tobacco use, obesity, and physical inactivity, which contribute to the high mortality rates in Oklahoma, according to public health officials.

Another important men’s health issue is reproductive health for men. More than half of the live births in Oklahoma were reported as unintended pregnancies. Effective family planning is crucial to reduce this high percentage.

“We believe there is a great need for more education for men of child-bearing age to understand their reproductive health and how to plan and prepare with their partners to have a healthy pregnancy and raise a healthy baby,” _____ said.

National Men’s Health Month also provides an opportunity for individuals to learn about the Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Initiative, which challenges all Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free.

The _____County Health Department, Turning Point, and other local community organizations such as (add names of local partner organizations) have planned numerous activities in observance of National Men’s Health Month. Some local activities include: (insert county health department activities with date, time, and place). Call the _____ County Health Department at (phone number) for more information on these and other events.

A toolbox for community organizations interested in planning an event for National Men’s Health Month is also available on the Oklahoma State Department of Health Web site at http://mchs.health.ok.gov. Click on the “Men’s Health” link in the left column. For more information about National Men’s Health Week, please visit http://menshealthweek.org/.


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